DAR Project Patriot is the official Daughters of the American Revolution committee that supports America’s service personnel in current conflicts abroad. Following the events of September 11, 2001, NSDAR began working with the Department of the Navy to sponsor the crew of an aircraft carrier as a show of support for Operation Enduring Freedom. In February of 2002, the U.S.S. John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was assigned by the Department of Defense to the NSDAR for sponsorship. DAR Project Patriot was activated as the official NSDAR-approved special committee to organize and coordinate DAR support for the service men and women fighting the war against terrorism. Once the Stennis went into dry dock, this committee’s efforts were redirected.
In the spring of 2005, a new project was undertaken - the support of the wounded active duty military personnel at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The ongoing Military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, continue to bring wounded soldiers, marines and airmen to receive health care at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Many arrive with little clothing. While every patient receives a $250 voucher from Department of Defense to be used at Army Air Force Exchange Services to meet their clothing needs, the Center's Wounded Warrior Project provides new clothes and other needed items to those evacuated in a positive and caring atmosphere to meet their initial needs.
Since the partnering with Landstuhl RMC, over 23,000 60-minute phone cards, 500 gym bags stocked with personal care items, over 50,000 holiday cards, 250 winter coats, 500 pairs of break-away sweatpants, 500 crew neck sweat shirts, and 300 pairs of athletic shoes have been sent to the wounded military personnel at the hospital, as well as checks totaling $40,000 that were presented to the Center.
Although this Landstuhl RMC partnership is the first to support all branches of service personnel, chapters throughout our ranks have successfully done so for quite some time. Thousands and thousands of personal care items, medical supplies, packages of popcorn, batteries, boots, cards and gifts have been sent by our chapters to Army, Marine and Guard units on the front lines as well as to Navy personnel onboard other Navy vessels. Multitudes of needed supplies have also been sent to regional military medical centers. Regardless of how they choose to do so, our members have successfully supported the mission of the DAR Project Patriot Committee.